Mosquito bites are at best an irritation, and at worst a potential disease carrying injection. If you are travelling abroad you can contact the travel clinic here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall, not only for advice about mosquitoes, but for advice about any health threats where you will be travelling to. Our walk-in travel clinic in London City also offers a comprehensive travel vaccines program.
Malaria is of course the most infamous disease associated with mosquito bites, but there are other diseases too which include:
- Chikungunya – a disease that causes extreme pain. There is no known cure for Chikungunya but human trials of the first potentially successful vaccine were started in August 2014
- Dengue Fever – a disease that can prove fatal and for which there is no effective vaccination
- Encephalitis (various strains) – can prove fatal or seriously debilitating. There is an effective vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis but no effective human travel vaccines for other strains.
- West Nile Virus – a disease that attacks the nervous system. It is debilitating but not usually fatal various travel vaccines are currently undergoing human trials
- Yellow Fever – A disease that can prove fatal; however there is an effective vaccination already in existence and many countries have comprehensive vaccination programs, so it is rare amongst travellers
If you’ve recently had unprotected sex, a condom has failed, or you forgot to take your normal contraceptive pill and have indulged in sexual intercourse, you may want to consider taking emergency contraception. All forms of emergency contraception are available from the private, walk in STI clinic in London City.
There is one thing however you should be aware of, and that is that although emergency contraception is very effective, it cannot protect you from the risk of acquiring an STD, if you have had unprotected sex with someone carrying an STD infection.
Emergency contraception comes in two forms. There is the “morning-after” pill, and the intrauterine device, or coil, often referred to as an IUD.